BU Women's Lax suffers first conference loss
4/3/2013 (Updated 6:37:45 PM)BALTIMORE The Binghamton womens lacrosse team fell to host UMBC 17-9, Wednesday afternoon in America East action from UMBC Stadium. The Bearcats (2-7, 1-1 AE) were outscored 12-5 in the first half as the Retrievers (8-3, 2-0 AE) denied Binghamtons first 2-0 conference start in program history.
I thought we played in spurts today, interim head coach Stephanie Allen said. We didnt put together a full 60 minutes and struggled to execute our game plan. I think the game came down to draw controls and possession and we never really possessed the ball enough to score. However, we received solid play from Katherine and Kristen who is starting to help us offensively.
Senior Katherine Hunsberger led Binghamton with four goals to record her ninth career hat trick. Classmate Kristen Stone netted a pair of goals, while Kimberly McGeever tallied three points with a goal and two assists.
UMBC burst out of the gates scoring three goals in the contests first six minutes. Binghamton, who was unfazed by the spurt, answered with a 4-0 run of its own to take a 4-3 lead with 16:29 to play in the half.
Following a UMBC turnover on a free position attempt, McGeever found last Saturdays hero Alex Fisher for Binghamtons first goal. Less than a minute later, freshman Allie Rodgers netted a free position goal to cut UMBCs lead to one. A Fisher caused turnover led to a third straight Bearcat goal as Stone hit McGeever cutting inside the 8-meter to even the game at three. The Bearcats took its first and only lead following a McNulty save, which led to Hunsbergers first goal of the game.
Binghamtons lead was short-lived as UMBC won the ensuing draw control and scored 32 seconds later to level the game at four. The Retrievers did not look back embarking on a crippling 9-1 run to close the half and take a 12-5 lead into the break.
UMBC dominated the draw circle in the first half to the tune of a 13-5 advantage and more than doubled Binghamtons shot production (16-7).
In the second half, UMBC extended its lead to eight scoring just 45 seconds into the final 30 minutes of play. Binghamton valiantly fought to trim the deficit netting three straight goals to climb within five of the Retrievers.
Hunsberger ignited the scoring run with her third goal of the day and 20th of the season. Stone continued the run, netting back-to-back goals two minutes apart. The senior midfielder scored her first goal of the game off a feed from McGeever and then successfully converted her free position attempt at the 20:57 mark.
The Retrievers responded, as they did all afternoon, with a 3-0 run of their own to push the lead back to eight with 8:54 remaining in the contest. UMBC and Binghamton each added late goals to create the 17-9 final.
UMBC capitalized on 26-15 shot advantage to improve to 10-0 all-time against Binghamton. Alyssa Semones and Kristen Bilney led the Retrievers with a game-high five goals apiece.
The Bearcats were more competitive in the draw circle in the second half taking 6 of the 10 draws, but committed 12 turnovers which enabled multiple UMBC runs. Binghamton was a perfect 11-for-11 in clear attempts and connected on nine of its 12 shots on goal, but it wasnt enough to overcome a potent UMBC offense.
Freshman Erin McNulty started in goal for the Bearcats, but was replaced at halftime by sophomore Kara Pafumi. McNulty was tagged with her sixth loss of the season after stopping just three shots.
(Courtesy Binghamton Athletics)
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